The original manuscript for Alice’s Adventures Under Ground with a photo of a young Alice Liddell. (Photo from Getty Images)
One hundred and forty-seven years ago this week, Lewis Carroll introduced Americans to the girl who tumbled down the rabbit hole when Alice in Wonderland was first published in the U.S.
The titular character was inspired by a real-life girl named Alice Liddell whom Carroll would share his stories with. After telling her an early version of Alice in Wonderland (originally called Alice’s Adventures Under Ground), the young girl was so taken by the fictional Alice that she urged Carroll to write it down—thus giving the rest of us the chance to see Alice through Carroll’s looking glass.